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Old 04-21-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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Can't put my finger on why I like my 330I zhp over my MINI JCW

I can't quite figure out what it is about my 2004 330i zhp that I like a little over my 2012 MINI JCW. I have loved MINI Coopers ever since I had my 2003 Cooper S and then my 2012 JCW I bought a couple years ago. I bought this 330i about 5 months ago with 66k miles as a daily winter driver and put winter tires on it. On the stock wheels I am running Michelin PSS and since putting good summer tires on its really fun to drive.

I think a lot of it is the sweet sound of the inline 6 with the magnaflow exhaust and the higher reving engine compared to the MINI.

Anybody else have another newer car that seems to be taking a backseat to their E46? Right now the only reason I am keeping the MINI is for the 2014 autocross season...

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Old 04-21-2014, 08:54 PM   #2
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well we have a 335i, which is, on paper, better in every aspect performance-wise... however i still prefer my 330, as its just more fun to drive. its much more raw, and i think it throws you back a little bit harder initially than the 335 (due to the natural aspiration i assume).

only car ive driven that trumps my 330 is the 71 triumph tr6, which ironically has less power, and handles way worse. but thats a whole other story...
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:13 PM   #3
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Maybe because the proper wheels are driving the car? Just a thought...
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:21 AM   #4
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E46's I believe them to be the last BMW platform that offers a connection between driver and road. Many magazine reviews started to mention that starting with the E90 chassis, there was a loss of connection. A certain numbness if you will. And if you drive most modern cars, it seems they all lack the connection that makes driving (ACTUAL DRIVING) a pleasure.
Drive an e30 or e36 to see the connection it provides between driver and road.

That's my $0.02
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